NORTH AMERICA TREES28 October 2020
Chasing the Tree adventure takes us to North America and introduces Pinus Longaeva, False Mastic, Sand Pine and Virginia Oak.
Witness of the World History: Bristlecone Pine
Pinus Longaeva, alias Bristlecone pine, is most commonly found in North America’s high mountains in California, Utah and Nevada. Pinus Longaeva, which ranges from 5-15 meters in length, does not extend much, it is among the trees with the longest life span of green leaves in the world, even some Bristlecone Pine trees are said to remain green for up to 45 years. Pinus Longaeva, is also known as one of the longest living tree species. The Methuselah tree, which is the second oldest tree confirmed in the world at the age of 4852, is included in this species. This tree, located in California State, is named after a Biblical figure named Methuselah, known as the ancestor of Noah.
Pinus Longaeva, protected in many national parks in North America, also takes part in various mythological stories by Americans. Due to the fires that may occur near these old trees, which are very easily flammable, it is crucial to be very careful near them.
All Seasons Green: False Mastic
False Mastic, a flowering tree, is native to Florida and the northern regions of Central America. False Mastic with a length range of 4.5-25 meters can have a diameter from 10 centimeters to 90 centimeters. These thin trees, which can be wrapped by a human arm, is told to have the origins from the times of Mayas. This tree that is preferred to be cultivated with its regular fruits and cute yellow flowers is mostly utilized for constructions and boat buildings.
The Essential Tree of Florida: Sand Pine
Pinus Clausa, with its commonly known name as Sand Pine, is mostly found in United States' southeast states such as Florida and Alabama. Sand Pine, which grows in dry and unproductive soils, is classified as stunted and medium-sized trees. These trees are frequently used as bridges, beams, railway networks and forestry, and they are also highly preferred in plywood production. Sand pine covers a very large part of the Florida pine ecosystem and also provides habitat for the threatened Florida lizard.
Entrenched and Wise Oak Trees of Virginia
Located in the southern regions of the United States, the Virginia Oak is considered as one of the iconic landmarks of the area. This mystical-looking tree with its many thick branches that sometimes bend to the ground and its long roots that can overflow the surface of the soil has a fascinating appearance. These tall trees, which are generally in the range of 20-27 meters, can also be the size of a bush in some cases. Virginia Oak has a nut-like fruit with thin, long and dark green leaves. These oak trees, which shed all their leaves before each spring, are also a source of food for many bird and squirrel species specific to their region. These trees, which are in our daily life from streets to parks, are also used to meet the shelter need for wildlife.